The Australian government offers its people much flexibility, whether in regard to social security benefits, gun control laws, NRL rules to keep players in line, and others. A Work Licence adds to the list.
A Work Licence must not be mistaken for a Work Visa. It is more akin to a regular driver’s licence but offers more. It is a document that allows Australian employees to drive their car to and from work. This is issued when their personal driver’s licence has been rendered invalid by the authorities due to violations of the traffic and driving laws such as drunk driving.
So, if you ever get your licence cancelled after a boozy Friday night at a nearby pub and you have to go to work on Monday, don’t worry, you can apply for a work licence as an alternative. Keep in mind, though, that work licences are provided only in the state of Queensland.
Australian magistrates are tasked to review and then approve work licence applications. You need to apply for one in court and wait for the magistrate’s approval. The magistrate follows strict criteria and considers certain factors before giving an application the green light. Their considerations include everything about the applicant, which will help them determine if the applicant is eligible for a work licence or not. For this reason, it is important to always be responsible when driving, whether with a regular licence or a work licence.
You can apply for a work licence if you:
It is important to remember that drunk driving and driving while under the influence of alcohol or relevant drugs are not the same, according to the traffic laws in Australia. Driving while under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, ecstasy, or ice is punishable with more serious penalties like the payment of fines and even jail time.
In addition to the criteria mentioned earlier, you must also meet the following requirements to have your work licence application approved:
An exception to this criterion is when the agency issuing State Penalties for driving temporarily revoked your licence, either because you didn’t pay the required fine or your licence was meted with a 24-hour suspension after you were slapped with a charge.
Meeting these criteria does not guarantee that your work licence application will be approved, as you also have to show the Magistrate that you are a fit and proper person and that you’ll lose a job if you fail to get a work licence, which will in turn cause you and your family extreme hardship. Likewise, it is important to apply for a work licence at the time of conviction and before the court decides to disqualify or suspend your licence.
Your work licence application may also be approved even if you don’t need it after you get to your job, but you need it to get there and to travel back, that is, if public transportation is not available and there’s no one else who can drive you to and from your workplace.
Any of the following instances will prevent you from being granted a work licence:
Don’t let a simple mistake hinder you from fulfilling your work responsibilities and ensuring financial stability for you and your family. If you need further assistance with applying for a work licence, feel free to contact our team at FC Lawyers. We will guide you through each step of the process and ensure that you get the benefits and privileges you’re entitled to.
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